Willie Rennie shamed by SCVO response to demands

LibDem leader Willie Rennie has been put firmly in his place following his ludicrous attack on Martin Sime, the Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

The SCVO responded to Willie Rennie’s embarrassing demand that Martin Sime consider his position with a strongly worded letter stating that it will not “be told by outsiders what it will or will not debate”.

The letter from SCVO Convener Alison Elliot also states that “I consider your allegations preposterous, your interpretation of the incidents fanciful and your attempt to interfere in the business of an independent organisation unworthy of a public leader”.

Commenting, SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell who sat alongside Willie Rennie on the Scotland Bill Committee said:

“After Willie Rennie’s bizarre demand that someone should lose their job for engaging in the debate on Scotland’s future, the SCVO’s measured response should make Willie Rennie ashamed of his behaviour.

“Many of the people who have remained part of the LibDems despite their actions in recent years must be watching this exchange with their heads in their hands.

“It is a sad reflection of just how far the LibDems have fallen in recent years, with polls showing their support under Willie Rennie even lower than during their disastrous Holyrood election result.

“Willie Rennie has been firmly and correctly put in his place by the SCVO over his ridiculous behaviour.

“It is neither liberal nor democratic for Willie Rennie to attempt to close down debate on the future of Scotland and he has thoroughly embarrassed himself. The only course of action open to him is to withdraw his remarks and publicly apologise.

“I have no idea what caused his rash outburst, but I am sure that this response from the SCVO should make him reflect on how much he has embarrassed himself with his antics.”